• University and the Republic

University and the Republic


supported by Coimbra Group, Europaeum, UNICA, LERU

University and the Republic: 100 years of Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic

Legacy of Democracy, Humanism and Responsibility

Date October 24 – 25, 2018

Location Patriotic Hall, Carolinum, Charles University

Participation representatives of academia from Charles University, rectors and their counterparts from partner universities, representatives of the state and public life

24 October

13:15 Registration

14:00 Opening

Prof. Tomáš Zima, MD., DSc., Rector, Charles University

Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Prof. Dr. Lenka Rovná, Vice-Rector for European Affairs, Charles University

14:10 Introduction by leaders of international university associations and networks: UNICA, Coimbra Group, Europaeum, LERU

Chair: Prof. Tomáš Zima, MD., DSc., Rector of Charles University

Prof. Luciano Saso – President UNICA

Prof. Ludovic Thilly – Chair Coimbra Group

Dr. Hartmut Mayer – Director EUROPAEUM

Prof. Kurt Deketelaere – Secretary General LERU

14:30 100 years of Czechoslovakia in Europe and the world

Prof. Martin Kovář, PhD., Vice-Rector for Public Affairs, Charles University

14:45 University, Masaryk and the state

Doc. Petr Pithart, Former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic


15:10 Family Photo, Aula Magna

15:30 Coffee break

I) Legacy of Democracy


Chair: Prof. Aleš Gerloch, PhD., Vice-Rector for Academic Appointments, Charles University

Universities in troubled world

Prof. Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

Universities in free market societies

Prof. Luc Sels, Rector, KU Leuven

Universities as a space for independent discussion

Prof. Karol Mičieta, PhD., Rector, Comenius University in Bratislava

Universities as speakers of truth

Prof. Bert van der Zwaan, Rector Magnificus, Utrecht University


19:00 Dinner (registered participants)

25 October

II) Legacy of Humanism


Chair: Prof. MUDr. Milena Králíčková, PhD., Vice-Rector for Education, Charles University

Education towards democracy and humanism

Prof. Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of St. Andrews

Economics and Humanism

Prof. Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice-Rector, University of Vienna

Humans and humanism

Prof. Zdzislaw Mach, Ph.D., Dean, Jagiellonian University

The search for truth in “post-truth” society

Prof. Brigid Laffan, Ph.D., Director, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute


10:30 Coffee break

III) Legacy of Responsibility


Chair: Prof. Dr. Lenka Rovná, Vice-Rector for European Affairs, Charles University

Role of academics in politics

José Manuel Durão Barroso, Former President of the European Commission

Third role of universities in the modern world

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Rector, University of Freiburg

Universities and society. Leading by example

Prof. Dr. Michael Hengartner, President, University of Zurich

European Universities – model for others?

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Higher Education Unit, European Commission


12:20 Closing Remarks

Prof. Tomáš Zima, MD., DSc., Rector

12:30 Lunch

15:00 Festive Gathering of the Academic Community, Aula Magna

Participants are invited to wear their academic gowns during the ceremony

16:30 Reception

The official language of the conference is English.


Programme is subject to change

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